It seems like Thai culture has always been obsessed with foreign things. Many years ago, American TV shows were all the rage, until Japanese samurai films took over, then Chinese Kung Fu movies. We love to eat in foreign restaurants for a taste of the world or play at online casinos (คาสิโนออนไลน์) to experience what a night in Vegas is like.
These days, it’s all about Korea. When it comes to Korean culture, it’s no secret that most Thais are huge fans. From the best TV dramas to their upbeat music to spicy kimchi, we can’t get enough. Ever since the Korean TV series “Dae Jang Geum” appeared in Thailand more than 20 years ago, we’ve been hooked. If you want to experience the best of Korean exports, check out this list of the top 6 things we love about Korea.
1. Catchy Music
People from all around the world have become obsessed with K-Pop, with its catchy tunes, amazing performances, and fun music videos. “Gangnam Style” by PSY got popular all over the world (with over a billion views on YouTube), and even inspired lots of covers and tribute videos that tried to recreate PSY’s dance moves.
Chances are most Thais have at least a few Korean groups queued up on their headphones, whether they enjoy girl bands like OH MY GIRL or Apink, or the best boy bands like ASTRO or BTS. If you’re looking for the latest in KPOP, check out this video compilation of the best groups of 2020.
2. Amazing TV
Korean television has something for everyone. Thais love the classic series Hur Jun, the famous period drama out of Korea. (It’s even available with a Thai voiceover so you don’t miss a thing.)
You can find all sorts of quality TV made in Korea, from romantic comedies to superhero movies to zombie horror series. The one thing they all have in common is amazing drama and characters, which will keep you coming back for more, episode after episode.
Korean films and TV shows have started getting a lot of recognition around the world lately—the Korean film Parasite even won a 2020 Academy Award in the United States.
3. Impressive Athletes
We can’t forget about Korean athletes. The country has produced some impressive sport stars who’ve become famous around the world. They’re particularly known for their female golfers, like the beautiful and talented Michelle V. Korean golfers have broken records too—like when 15-year-old Lydia Ko became the youngest champion in LPGA history.
When the 2018 Winter Olympics were hosted in PyeongChang, the whole world loved watching Korean athletes. We also got a great glimpse of the beautiful mountains of PyeongChang during skiing and snowboarding events.
4. The Best Cosmetics
Look at any picture of Korean idols and you’ll notice they have one thing in common—beautiful skin. That’s thanks in part to the amazing Korean cosmetic brands, particularly their skincare products. People around the world have been discovering the secrets of Korean skincare routines to achieve the clear, dewy look of their favorite stars.
Fortunately, you can order lots of these cosmetic products online so you can recreate all the best looks. Check out popular brands like 3CE, Lilybyred, and Candylab.
5. Crushes and Heartthrobs
When talking about Korea, we have to mention all the beautiful style and beauty icons who’ve come out of the country. With popular online videos and millions of Instagram followers, the whole world is looking to Korea to see the hottest trends and the most beautiful idols.
Whether you want to recreate their signature looks or just enjoy a glimpse of their lives, you can’t go wrong by following your favorite Korean stars on Instagram.
6. The Best Tech
Korea also has a vibrant technology scene, bringing us some of our favorite brands like Samsung, Pantech, and LG. They make sleek, fast phones that are perfect for streaming your favorite K-pop hits or binging all the best dramas from abroad.